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10:05 AM ET, November 29, 2006

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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Bush Adviser's Memo Cites Doubts About Iraqi Leader  —  A classified memorandum by President Bush's national security adviser expressed serious doubts about whether Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq and recommended that the United States …
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Washington Post:
As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame  —  From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.  —  Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct …
New York Times:
Text of U.S. Security Adviser's Iraq Memo  —  Following is the text of a Nov. 8 memorandum prepared for cabinet-level officials by Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, and his aides on the National Security Council.  The five-page document, classified secret, was read and transcribed by The New York Times.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
In Following His Own Script, Webb May Test Senate's Limits  —  At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush.  Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken …
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Emily Heil / The Hill:
Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange  —  President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.
Washington Post:
Pelosi Passes on Hastings, Harman for House Intel Chair  —  House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Reps. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat …
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New York Times:
Pelosi Won't Pick Tainted Lawmaker for Key Post  —  Representative Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she would not award the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee to Representative Alcee L. Hastings of Florida, who was a leading contender for the post.
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Bush on terror groups  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutionally vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:   Judge Strikes Down Parts of Executive Order on Terrorism
Washington Times:
Iraq exit via Iran?  —  The Iraq war, civil or not, is costing $226 million a day — or $8 billion a month, $76 billion a year.  It's hard to figure out what to call it when Iraqis are killing Iraqis by the score every day and when the U.S. has been fighting and dying there longer than its involvement in World War II.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Examiner:
Prophets of Iraq defeat are rushing judgment  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush was right to declare yesterday in Latvia that he will not withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq until the "mission is complete" because "we can accept nothing less …
Discussion: Wizbang and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Andrew J. Bacevich / Christian Science Monitor:
Iraq panel's real agenda: damage control  —  The Iraq Study Group's makeup gives away its true purpose.  —  BOSTON - Even as Washington waits with bated breath for the Iraq Study Group (ISG) to release its findings, the rest of us should see this gambit for what it is …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / TCS Daily:
A Second American Civil War?  —  Is America in danger of civil war?  Not immediately, perhaps, but famed science fiction writer Orson Scott Card thinks that we're in enough danger that he's authored a cautionary tale entitled Empire that's set in more-or-less present times.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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Ahmed Rashid / Telegraph:
Accept defeat by Taliban, Pakistan tells Nato  —  Senior Pakistani officials are urging Nato countries to accept the Taliban and work towards a new coalition government in Kabul that might exclude the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.  —  Pakistan's foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri …
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Report: Syrian network planned to kill Lebanese officials  —  Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reports Lebanese security forces exposed network of 200 members which trained in refugee camps in Lebanon, planned to assassinate 36 senior Lebanese officials  —  The Lebanese security forces exposed a network …
Cindy George / Houston Chronicle:
Houston man admits trying to help Taliban  —  A second man, in U.S. illegally, faces similar conspiracy and weapons charges  —  One of two Houston men accused of training to fight with the Taliban pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court.  —  Kobie Diallo Williams, 33 …
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Globalization Makes an Easy Scapegoat  —  WASHINGTON — We may be about to shoot ourselves in the foot — or maybe the chest — on trade.  In the name of "fair trade,'' we may punish our own exporters.  In 2005, worldwide exports exceeded $10 trillion.  Since 1980, they've more than tripled while the overall global economy doubled.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Joshua Rozenberg / Telegraph:
Sharia law is spreading as authority wanes  —  Islamic sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in parts of Britain, a report claims.  —  Sharia, derived from several sources including the Koran, is applied to varying degrees in predominantly Muslim countries but it has no binding status in Britain.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Gingrich: Free Speech Should Be Curtailed To Fight Terrorism
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
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Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
Losing the Enlightenment  —  A civilization that has lost confidence …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Arkady Ostrovsky / Financial Times:
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John Solomon / Associated Press:
Oversight board told of privacy protections
 Earlier Items: 
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McQ / QandO:
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Discussion: Inactivist
Kim Sengupta / Independent:
Disembowelled, then torn apart: The price of daring to teach girls
Discussion: Hyscience and PrairiePundit
New York Times:
Global Warming Goes to Court
Ian / Hot Air:
Pelosi defends al Qaeda, chastises Bush (Update: Video added)
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Who Really Cares?  —  More frightening than any particular beliefs …
Discussion: Daimnation! and Atlas Shrugs